Fish Farmers Get Green Light for Organic Label
Cyprus' fish farmers have been given the green light to label their products as organic, said the Department of Fisheries yesterday.
The new regulation No. 710/2009 was passed on August 5th and gives detailed rules for the organic production of fish and algae. As Cyprus' fish farms are offshore and relatively deep, the impact on the marine environment is reduced, and fish are exposed to strong currents and exceptional nutrition, said the Fisheries Department.
However, the department added that it will monitor market conditions because demand for organic products on the island is still "modest". There is some doubt that "consumers are willing to pay for additional costs that will fall on producers for...changes in management and the cost of certification."